The Red Sox dropped a 7-4 decision to the Rays Friday night at Fenway Park in a game that was highlighted by a bench-clearing altercation in the ninth inning.
Taking the loss for the Red Sox was starting pitcher Jon Lester, who gave up a grand slam to Matt Joyce in the third inning, along with two more home runs, from Eliot Johnson and Carlos Pena, one inning later. Lester finished his outing allowing seven runs on six hits, walking three while throwing 81 pitches over four innings.
Rays starter Alex Cobb allowed just two runs on three hits over five innings, with the Sox getting their pair of runs against the starter via a Kevin Youkilis first-inning RBI single, and Adrian Gonzalez' run-scoring double in the fifth inning.
The impetus for the ninth-inning confrontation came when Franklin Morales hit Luke Scott in the right knee after throwing behind the DH the previous pitch. Scott first yelled out at Morales, and then squared off with Sox...
After sitting third baseman Will Middlebrooks for the opening game of the team's three-game series against the Rays, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said prior to the game Friday that he didn't view the move as giving Middlebrooks a day off. Sitting Middlebrooks allowed Adrian Gonzalez to return to first base and for Kevin Youkilis to move back to third base.
"[I] kind of gave Adrian a day off from running out in right field," Valentine said.
Gonzalez has played four of the last five games in right field for the Sox, though each appearance in the outfield for the slugger has come away from Fenway Park. Valentine hinted that though the challenges of playing right field in Fenway Park can be "treacherous," the possibility exists that Gonzalez could see time in right this weekend.
"There's a chance of that happening," he said when asked if Gonzalez could play right field on Saturday, "but you never...
Adrian Gonzalez will return to first base and Will Middlebrooks will sit as the Red Sox open a three-game set against the Rays. Gonzalez, who has played right field in four of the last five games, moving back to first means that Kevin Youkilis will return to third base while Marlon Byrd will man right field for the Sox.
The Red Sox, currently at 22-22 and last place in the AL East, have the opportunity to improve their record to better than .500 for the first time this season. They have been at .500 four times. The lineup is as follows:
1. Mike Aviles, SS
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
5. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
7. Daniel Nava, LF
8. Marlon Byrd, RF
9. Scott Podsednik, CF
SP -- Jon Lester
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WALTHAM -- As the Celtics gathered for practice prior to Saturday's Game 7 against the 76ers, they appeared loose, relaxed and confident. Despite losing guard Avery Bradley to shoulder surgery, coach Doc Rivers talked about how resilient his team has been.
Asked about their resiliency, Rajon Rondo said, "We haven’t got it done yet, but we will tomorrow. I think it’s our mindset. It’s our focus and our intentions coming into the game. We’re going to make sacrifices and make plays."
This isn't the first time Rondo has made somewhat bold statements. After the Celtics beat Atlanta in Game 2 when he was suspended, Rondo said that it felt like they had won the series already.
Rondo was also asked about the notion: as Rondo goes, so go the Celtics, to which he replied in his deadpan manner, "Oh man, that’s a lot of pressure. I’ve heard it before, I don’t know if it’s true. We’re...
WALTHAM -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers announced at Friday morning's practice that Avery Bradley had surgery Friday on his ailing left shoulder and is out for the playoffs.
"Avery Bradley is having surgery today so he's out for the playoffs," Rivers said. "That's that. When a player goes down, that's disappointing, and especially with what Avery has given us this year. His growth this year has been terrific and it's been great. He's become a very valuable piece to our basketball team. His ability to guard the best [opposing] guard at [point or shooting guard] has really taken so much pressure off Rondo, in particular. And not having him means that Rondo now has to go back to that role and run the team, and that's hard, that's hard to do, unfortunately and especially against the team we're playing that has two guards that attack.
"Rondo doesn't have a lot of breaks. But that's the way it is. We've been a team all year...
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.
Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford join Kirk Minihane. They begin the show wondering and theorizing why the Patriots are playing Tom Brady in the third preseason game. They also delve into Bradfo's new house guestMore from this show